Student Spotlight: Patrick Alteus

During the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, CC&E Fulbright scholar Patrick Alteus was living in the nation’s capital city Port-au-Prince. The passionate environmental researcher has leveraged his experience there in water management, erosion control, waste and sanitation management to complete his master’s thesis, titled “Earthquake Risks in Haiti: An Analysis of Response and Preparedness Strategies for the Design of a New Mitigation Approach.”


Alteus received a B.S. in natural resources and environment from the State University of Haiti and a M.S. in environmental sciences from LSU. His interests are in environmental management, climate change, and sustainability. Under the supervision of his adviser, Professor Ralph Portier, Alteus has analyzed factors that influenced the effectiveness of the response and the structural measures needed to strengthen Haiti’s national disaster management system.


“It has been such a pleasure to work with Patrick during the completion of his master’s degree,” said Portier. “Not only is he extremely bright, but his personal experiences and interests inspired him to research a topic that has the potential to save lives.”


Portier added that CC&E has actively joined other academic programs at LSU in continuing the University’s strong support of international students. “We hope to have more Fulbright scholars like Patrick from Haiti deciding to come to LSU,” he said.


How does Alteus account for his success thus far? He provides one clue: A favorite quote, by American game programmer, aerospace and virtual reality engineer John Carmack – “Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren't sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.”


About the Fulbright:  The Fulbright Scholar Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. Since its inception in 1946, the program has provided more than 370,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Patrick Alteus with advisor Ralph Portier